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It’s 5:30 in the morning, but Rex Chandler is already up and waiting in line at Honolulu’s public fish market, and he’s as excited as a kid about to be admitted to Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. The sounds and smells of the open sea and fishing boats unloading their catch assault his senses, bringing back memories of his 20-plus year run as the king of seafood at his Waikiki restaurant, Nick’s Fish Market, which began his 40 year career in fine dining.

December 2015 Around Town

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Jessica Abbott, CHHC, Health and Wellness Manager of Be Well Perform Well™ will present Creating a Healthy, Thriving Work Culture on January 21, 2016 from 11:30-1:30 p.m. at the CW Moore Building located at 250 S. 5th Street in downtown Boise.

The North Channel Center First Wednesday

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Party goers enjoyed the final North Channel Center First Wednesday for 2015. Be sure to stop by next year and visit your friends at The Porterhouse, Olive and Vyne, Lilly Jane’s Cupcakes and Quiznos.

Le Coq d’Or Within Chateau des Fleurs – Eagle

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Chef Franck Bacquet prepared dinner for his first guests during a soft opening in early October. The fine dining restaurant is located within the new Idaho destination, Chateau des Fleurs.

Happy holidays!

Happy holidays!

What a wonderful time of year. As with many of us, my first memories of Christmas centered on Santa Claus and the promise of presents and a new toy. I have vivid memories of this excitement and anticipation of getting that one special gift.

The State of Gems

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Ninety percent of the jewelry sold at Diamonds Fine Jewelry are custom pieces. Todd Thompson, owner of Diamonds Fine Jewelry, discovered a passion for jewelry when he bought his wife’s wedding ring 18 years ago. “I started by doing inventory,” shares Todd. “It’s hard to break into this industry because it is often a business that is generational, a family business.”

Thompson had generational help in building his business, which he co-owns with his wife Charmenia. His parents co-signed a small bank loan when he started in 2007. Last June, Thompson moved Diamonds Fine Jewelry into a space three times the size of his original location in Meridian. The sizeable showroom allows him to show off the talents of his staff and the artful beauty of their creations.

Invest in Your Employees and They Will Invest in You!

Invest in Your Employees and They Will Invest in You! 1

Introducing the first LOCAL hands on, full service corporate wellness company. Created as a division of her company, Assessment Leaders, Cathy Light and her team in Idaho recognized a need in the Treasure Valley to help businesses keep their employees engaged and motivated. With the goal of building healthy work cultures, Be Well Perform Well™ was launched.


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If there’s one thing Idaho is known for as much as potatoes, it’s outdoor recreation. Proof of that might lie in the fact that Boise has more outdoor stores per capita than any other city in the U.S. The mountains of Idaho beckon adventurers on a year-round basis here, and while the warm months of summer are perhaps the biggest draw, there’s no reason to stow away your backpacking gear just because the temperature drops and there might be a little snow on the ground.

Bliss After 40

Bliss After 40

Jen Justis has lived a pretty adventurous life, engaging in several careers and volunteer opportunities. From wilderness instructor for at-risk teenagers, to wilderness field medic, to elementary classroom teacher, and now, certified life coach.

Bringing Cycling to 
Treasure Valley Youth

Bringing Cycling to 
Treasure Valley Youth

Treasure Valley youth who are passionate about pedal power have a unique opportunity in Boise. The Boise Young Rider Development Squad (BYRDS) sponsors, coaches, and supports area youth interested in cycling—that includes road biking, mountain biking, and cyclo-cross (basically a bicycle obstacle course)—either competitively or recreationally. Riders are encouraged to be involved with all three types of cycling.

Mobilize the Forces

Mobilize the Forces

During a recent 12 hour drive, I was able to spend the better part of a day listening to one of my very favorite voices. Tom Brokaw narrated his book, The Time of Our Lives, as I drove my boys through several southern states as we made our way to the sunny shores of western Florida. My boys were plugged into their gizmos, and it felt like Mr. Brokaw was sitting next to me. What a great way to spend a day! More than anything, the book’s subtitle appealed to the former history teacher in me: A Conversation about America: Who We Are, Where We’ve Been, and Where We Need to Go Now, to Recapture the American Dream.